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Originally Posted by fredgarvin7
I used to think that this decline was due to the prevalence of child-proof caps. You know any kid stoopid enough to drink the contents of a container from under the kitchen sink w/o smelling/tasting same deserved to not pass on his genes. Then I discovered that a US govt. survey found that due to the use of childproof caps and parents child-proofing cabinents, parents no longer try to instill any caution in their spawn, and the death rate from "accidental" poisoning is almost EXACTLY THE SAME as it was b4 this.
Care to post a link to the "US govt. survey" you mention? Absent any sort of reference, I'll make the suggestion that the rates are affected by different reporting strategies - I rather imagine that the number of accidental poisonings was underreported (or perhaps more underreported) fifty years ago.
Thirty years ago, my friends and I rode our bikes to school, locked them, and things were occasionally stolen. Bikes were repeatedly stolen from the front porch of my parents' house - sometimes they were locked, and sometimes not, but over the years more than a couple were stolen. So don't go blaming today's parents - the decline in civility that you decry obviously happened between fifty and thirty years ago, which would have been squarely during the period when your generation would have been the parents of young children.
Having the batteries stolen from your radio hardly qualifies as a statistical trend. By your logic, I should point out that, since I haven't been the victim of any crimes lately, the crime rate has dropped to zero.